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Sussex County businessman Willie M. Taylor has filed for the District 5 County Council seat held by Vance Phillips.
Taylor, a Republican like Phillips, filed for the November election on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002.
The 57-year-old Taylor ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in the 1998 election won by Phillips.
Taylor, who lives just east of Millsboro, cited his business experience as the reason he is running for council.
"With the fast-growing county we have here and with my business background," said Taylor, "... government is big business ... I think I have the business background to approach big business with common sense."
Taylor declined to comment on the major issues facing the county at this time because he had not yet put together a campaign staff to discuss his priorities.
He said he hopes to officially launch his campaign in early March.
"Right now we have a lot of issues," Taylor said. "I just want to make sure the county and the people in the county are taken care of."
Taylor has been in business for 36 years, including the last 17 in Sussex County.
The native of Dillon, S.C., owns several businesses, including T & C Enterprises Inc. -- a wholesale distributing company spanning six states -- Tri-State Mobile Home Supply, Oak Orchard Charter Boat Service, and Willie's Game & Tap Room.
He is also in the process of opening a grill behind the game and tap room.
He said his move to Sussex County 17 years ago was business-related. "With 53 percent of the homes in Sussex County being mobile homes, it was a business decision," he said.
Fenwick Island Mayor Peg Baunchalk, a Democrat, has also filed for the District 5 seat. Phillips has not yet filed but says he intends to.
There have been no filings for the District 4 seat held by Republican George Cole, which is also up for grabs this fall.
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